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About the Course

Graphic Design is all around us! Words and pictures—the building blocks of graphic design—are the elements that carry the majority of the content in both the digital world and the printed world. As graphic design becomes more visible and prevalent in our lives, graphic design as a practice becomes more important in our culture. Through visual examples, this course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: imagemaking, typography, composition, working with color and shape... foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design practice. I don't just want you to watch a video of someone talking about design, I want you to MAKE design! If you want to be a designer you have to be a maker and a communicator, so this course will offer you lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty with exercises and with more practical projects. At the end of this course you will have learned how to explore and investigate visual representation through a range of image-making techniques; understand basic principles of working with shape, color and pattern; been exposed to the language and skills of typography; and understand and have applied the principles of composition and visual contrast. If you complete the course, along with its optional (but highly recommended) briefs, you will have a core set of graphic design skills that you can apply to your own projects, or to more deeply investigate a specialized area of graphic design. To succeed in this course you will need access to a computer. You can complete this course without one but it will be tougher. Access to, and a beginner's level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign will help you, especially if you want to complete the optional briefs....

Top reviews


Jul 13, 2020

Excellent course to learn and refresh about fundamentals of design....It applies to all spheres of MULTIMEDIA..Highly recommended... As a suggestion course and notes should be available in PDF format.


May 9, 2018

An ok course for beginners. A bit too basic for someone who has already had experience in design, but is great anyway cause it breaks things back down to the simplest parts to help you remember roots.

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By Roger X

Mar 16, 2018

Good way to start in Graphic Design's World

By Michelle G

Sep 11, 2017

An enjoyable introduction to Graphic Design

By Emmanuel B

Oct 29, 2020

Its a very helpful course about the basics

By Mónica C

Nov 25, 2015

Videos explain very well all the contents.

By Salim b

Nov 26, 2022

eveverything in this cocourse is aamazing

By Bethany L

Jan 13, 2021

A little slow if you are not a beginner.

By Angel R

Aug 8, 2021

It is an excellent course for beginners

By Charuta G

Aug 17, 2020

It's the most fun course I've ever done

By 林启荣

Feb 10, 2016

Simple and clear enough for beginners.

By Jorge R

Jul 19, 2022

Es un curso básico pero muy completo.

By José P

Mar 26, 2018

Some teacher reviews are much needed!

By Deb S

Jan 27, 2017

Good basic introduction to the topic.

By Guy G

Jan 27, 2016

Nice class. Quite inspiring at times.

By Maitri N S

May 19, 2020

Very nice course for online learner

By Liubov Z

Sep 24, 2019

It was helpful, but a bit boring :)

By 艾美姝

Jun 24, 2019

Good introduction to graphic design

By 黃潔如

Oct 18, 2016

Very basic but important knowledge.


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Jul 6, 2020

great learning with new experience

By Atique A A

Nov 16, 2019

also, some add software knowledge.


Dec 24, 2020

It is a good course for beginners

By Bhavana K P k

Jul 23, 2020

if suggested tools would be great

By Amina F

Mar 26, 2023

i've learned alot by this course


Oct 14, 2020

it was very good coursera course

By Nishant J

Jul 20, 2020

Nice learning and happy learning